Cheer: Netflix’s cheerleading docuseries is an exhilarating cirque du insanity

Whatever you think of competitive sport, it’s difficult to watch Cheer without being absorbed by the trials and triumphs of college athletics If the question, “Will Jerry make mat?” requires no explanation, then you are already familiar with the intense but insanely compelling six-part docuseries that is Cheer. You know the revered coach Monica Aldama, are familiar with her trademark boots, her mild temperament and amused grins that say nothing about her competitive, perfectionist spirit. The words “tumbling” and “baskets” …

Investors and startups are seeking ways to entertain and protect kids online

As streaming services like HBO Max, Netflix and Disney+ plus vie for subscription dollars and YouTube, Xumo, Kanopy, Tubi TV, Vudu and Pluto TV try to take more ad revenue from traditional television, entertainment for kids — and the tech tools that manage their screen time — are becoming more important. On the streaming side, Netflix has been marshaling its resources for months, poaching talent like Chris Nee, creator of the “Doc Mcstuffins” Disney Channel series, Naketha Mattocks (“The Descendants”) …